Manchester United teach Fulham a lesson

What can you say about that? According to the Collins English Dictionary, the word ‘contest’ means: a formal match in which two or more people/teams compete and attempt to win. Yesterday’s match didn’t even come close to that definition.

It was more of a footballing masterclass by an unbelievably powerful Manchester United side, that played the entire second half without Rio Ferdinand and didn’t even think it was necessary to bring Berbatov or Ronaldo to London.

They were right. This was about as one-sided as a game could be. Aside from some early forays into the opposing half in the opening 20 minutes – which could have seen Andy Johnson on the score sheet had Vidic not cleared his toe poke off the line – Fulham spent the entire game beating off a marauding red army.

a-rare-sight-us-in-their-half1Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, ably assisted by the energetic Anderson, simply tore us apart in midfield and consistently tormented our back four. It was surely only a matter of time before our defences were breached…and this came after 20 minutes.

An unmarked Tevez stole in on the back post behind Paul Konchesky and nodded in from close range. A short while later he was allowed to meander through the midfield without being challenged – Dickson Etuhu opting to just watch and marvel at him – and unleash a thunderbolt that gave Mark Schwarzer no chance.

United were now totally in control. Rooney had the ball in the net but it was (thankfully) discounted due to a very dubious offside decision, and then came painfully close to scoring when he hit the post from a few yards out.

The second half started as the first had ended with us totally on the back foot. We huffed and puffed in midfield – Murphy and Dempsey were particularly active – but we simply gave the ball away too many times.

Rooney finally got on the scoresheet with a curving shot from outside the area before Zoltan Gera, who had replaced Bobby Zamora, hit a sloppy cross field ball in his own half which was intercepted by Park who ran through for number four.

It was painful to watch. We didn’t play that badly, but the gulf in class was incredible. It will take something special to stop this side from picking up every trophy going. They are, quite simply, awesome.

It's all over


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